Financial Support

As a private, non-profit educational and historic organization, we rely on the generous support of donors, members, grant reviewers and volunteers.  We won’t lie, financial support is one of the most important factors in how we make decisions regarding exhibit availability and programming.  With those who knew Dorothy becoming more rare as time marches on, it becomes increasingly more important to expand our reach as the only organization dedicated to keeping Dorothy’s story alive.

Support can come in many forms and we appreciate your consideration of any of the following:

Your contribution – no matter the form – allows us to stay committed to our mission of inspiring the next generation of Northwoods stewards with Dorothy’s story.
If you would like to discuss contribution options with a staff member, we would love to hear from you. [Contact]

Structural Improvement Capital Campaign: Preserving the Legacy

The Museum is currently fundraising for the Preserving the Legacy Capital Campaign and Membership Drive, a three-year plan to address the following facility needs:

  1. New interior flooring in both the Winter and Point Cabins
  2. Replacement and realignment of wood decking leading to the Interpretive Center, Winter Cabin and Point Cabin to meet accessibility standards
  3. Re-shingling, drainage mitigation, and foundation repair to the Interpretive Center

As part of this fundraising campaign, a Dorothy’s Cabin Endowment Fund has been established and funds earmarked for future maintenance needs and long-term sustainability.

With the current pandemic, the Museum has put active campaigning on pause to significantly change its operations plan to accommodate public visitation and adapt to changes to safety recommendations as they arise.

Pleases consider making a charitable contribution toward this effort. Tell me more!

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Canoe Raffle

Every year the museum holds a canoe raffle featuring a Minnesota-made Wenonah CanoeCongrats to Steve J from Wyoming who won our 2020 raffle with ticket #261!
Stay tuned for our 2021 raffle information.

Wenonah Spirit II
17′ Long
$2,999 Retail

If you cannot purchase your raffle ticket(s) in person at the Museum, you may also “order” tickets via postal mail. Send a check or money order for payment (made out to DMM), and your full name, address, phone number and email to: DMM-Raffle, PO Box 391, Ely MN 55731. If you have return address labels to include, it saves our staff time filling out your ticket.

Donate While You Shop!

Amazon Smile

Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. Support your charitable organization by starting your shopping at

Amazon Wish List

The Dorothy Molter Museum has created a “wish list” through for items that staff need to keep the museum running smoothly. Ink cartridges, printer paper, cleaning supplies and bird seed are commonly used products that are included on the list. By selecting a wish list item (or comparable product), Amazon will arrange to ship it directly to the museum! To view the museum’s wish list click here.

Giving Assistant

Giving Assistant makes it easy to donate to Dorothy Molter Museum (Dorothy Molter Memorial Foundation)! Simply shop online, earn cash back, and donate as much as 30% of your purchase price—Giving Assistant facilitates the whole process. Now, you can help us inspire the next generation of northwoods stewards for free while saving money at over 3,000 popular online retailers like Bed Bath & Beyond, Gap, and Sears!

Wilderness First Responders’ Fund & Scholarship Program

Dorothy was always concerned with the physical well-being of others and gave freely of her medical knowledge to all who came her way.  As a way to give back to the community that supported Dorothy, the Dorothy Molter Memorial Foundation (Dorothy Molter Museum) will award one scholarship per year up to $1,000.00 from the Wilderness First Responders’ Fund. This scholarship is funded by contributions made from staff, board, volunteers, members and guests of the Dorothy Molter Museum. Scholarship availability will be promoted to Ely Area residents interested in enhancing their medical expertise in the following ways:

• Certification in nursing, emergency medical services, wilderness medical services
• Recertification/renewal of training